Needles Blue Agate

Needles Blue Agate

Needles Blue Agate

We were introduced a few years ago to "Needles Blue Agate" by Maggie McShan from Needles, California. Maggie and her husband Frank ran an Old Time Rock Shop there in Needles and are well known in the Rockhound community. Chris obtained a very interesting Needles Blue Agate specimen display box (NOT FOR SALE) that Maggie and Frank have marked from the Blue Danube Mine.

We'll let the McShans explain this mineral with the description in their display. This mineral is very rare and only found in one location. The agate forms in layers within the matrix stone and must be cut out to make cabochons or other jewelry. We have been looking for Needles blue Agate for years now and finally found some old stock that probably came from Maggie and Franks shop. When Maggie died the entire shop sold off with little or no notice to the rockhound community so many years of collections were lost to who knows where. From time to time we find a few pieces from their collections.

Needles Blue Agate is rare stone that is single source from the Blue Danube Mine near Lake Havasu. The Needles Gem and Mineral Club of Needles, CA had a claim on this location and members and their guests were allowed to dig many years ago. Not sure of the status now.

We contacted the Needles Gem and Mineral Club to verify the status of the claim on this elusive and rare stone. Their response was..."Hi Chris and Dan!The status is still the same. Yes, the Needles Gem and Mineral Club hold the right to the claim and it can only be used by members in good standing (who may bring a guest.) Thanks for asking! https://thediggings.com/mines/camc298402  Sally"

This Blue Agate forms in veins in a Rhyolite Porphyry. Cutting the blue agate from the matrix is a painstaking effort. Sometimes a combination mix of Agate and Rhyolite make very nice cabs. The colors of this wonderful agate range from clear, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, blue black and may occasionally have a slight blue green tint. Grading of this stone by color is a matter of choice. Most people prefer the brighter light to medium blue, but we have seen some stunning blue black cabs set in sterling silver that are beautiful.

Purchasing this rare to find stone gets to be expensive. Market prices for this rough agate may well exceed three dollars per gram, with trimmed agate and polished pieces reaching prices of up to ten dollars per gram. We have been lucky and have gotten some old stock pieces from some of the lucky few who were able to dig at the Blue Danube Mine. We have been collecting this stone for many years now and it is time to start sharing.

We will be listing some rough specimens, some slabs and some trimmed agate with most of the host rock removed. Do not think that there is an abundance of this material available, we have a very limited supply of this very difficult to find, Needles Blue Agate.

The listings below are all trimmed pieces with varying amounts of rhyolite removed

3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN1NBAR10200050

3.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$34.50

3.5 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

54g Needles Blue Agate Rough
54g Needles Blue Agate Rough
54g Needles Blue Agate Rough 54g Needles Blue Agate Rough
Item# 21NBAR02190911

54g Needles Blue Agate Rough

$55.60

54 gram rough specimen of Needles Blue Agate in Rhyolite Porphyry. Very nice specimen with an overall specimen size of 1.9 1.4 1.1 inches (50 x 37 x 30 mm). Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough 21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough 21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
Item# 22NBAT02194740

21.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough

$51.60

21.5 gram rough specimen of Needles Blue Agate in Rhyolite Porphyry. Very nice specimen with an overall specimen size of 2 x 1 x 0.5 inches (51 x 27 x 12.5 mm). Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

28g Needles Blue Agate Rough
28g Needles Blue Agate Rough
28g Needles Blue Agate Rough
28g Needles Blue Agate Rough 28g Needles Blue Agate Rough 28g Needles Blue Agate Rough
Item# 23NBAR02197160

28g Needles Blue Agate Rough

$39.20

28 gram rough specimen of Needles Blue Agate in Rhyolite Porphyry. Very nice specimen with an overall specimen size of 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.63 inches (40 x 29 x 16 mm). Photos taken dry in natural sunligh

4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN3NBAR10200050

4.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$31.50

4.5 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate 6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate 6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN5NBAR10200050

6g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate

$36.00

6 gram well trimmed specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

25g Needles Blue Agate Rough
25g Needles Blue Agate Rough
25g Needles Blue Agate Rough
25g Needles Blue Agate Rough 25g Needles Blue Agate Rough 25g Needles Blue Agate Rough
Item# 27NBAR02191550

25g Needles Blue Agate Rough

$45.00

25 gram rough specimen of Needles Blue Agate in Rhyolite Porphyry. Very nice specimen with an overall specimen size of 1.4 x 1 x 0.5 inches (36 x 27 x 13 mm). Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN6NBAR10200050

5.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$27.50

5.5 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough 35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough 35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough
Item# 29NBAR02193870

35.5g Needles Blue Agate Rough

$59.70

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35.5 gram rough specimen of Needles Blue Agate in Rhyolite Porphyry. Very nice specimen with an overall specimen size of 1.7 x 1.48 x 1.17 inches (43 x 37 x 30 mm). Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN7NBAR10200050

2g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$24.00

2 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN8NBAR10200050

2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$25.00

2.5 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN9NBAR10200050

4g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$36.00

4 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate 3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate 3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN11NBAR10200050

3.5g Well Trimmed Needles Blue Agate

$21.00

3.5 gram well trimmed specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN12NBAR10200050

3g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$36.50

3 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate 2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate
Item# TN13NBAR10200050

2.5g Near Pure Needles Blue Agate

$24.50

2.5 gram near pure specimen of Needles Blue Agate cut from Rhyolite Porphyry. Very rare specimen in a thumbnail display box. Photos taken dry in natural sunlight

Shipping

These specimens ship Priority Mail padded flat rate envelope or small flat rate box for a shipping cost in the USA of $10.70. The cost to ship up to 4 of these will not increase the cost of shipping over purchasing 1 item